Monday, November 16, 2009
Bohn denies he's searching for a head coaching replacement
By ESPN.com staff
Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn told the Boulder Camera that he has not started looking for replacement options for Dan Hawkins, but has made no decision about Hawkins' future with the university.
Bohn told the Camera that "there is no timeline" for making a decision whether the coach will remain at Colorado and return for his fourth season in 2010.
"Our efforts are in creating an environment for him to be successful," Bohn told the Camera. "We are putting every ounce of energy, support and effort into creating an environment for us to be successful. That's where our focus is."
Hawkins said earlier Monday he didn't believe his job was in jeopardy, punctuating the question with a loud, long laugh when asked.
"No, not at all," he said.
Hawkins also said he believes he has support from Bohn and Colorado chancellor Phil DiStefano about keeping his job.
"They've been great," Hawkins said. 'They've been awesome. Mike's been great and Phil has been great. They've both been very supportive about the whole deal, very good."
Hawkins also said that the school's administration shares a unified idea about the program and its potential for growth. The Buffaloes are 3-7 and will miss a bowl game for the third time in Hawkins' four years coaching the team.
"These guys are great and I think they understand the nature and scope of the position that we have here and all the things that go on and have gone on," Hawkins said. "Everybody wants to win more games, but I think in terms of helping get this place back on track after what it went through, we've had to take on a number of tasks and done a great job with that."
The Buffaloes are 16-31 in three-plus seasons with Hawkins directing the program. His .340 winning percentage during his tenure ranks as the third-lowest in the history of the Colorado program that has encompassed 23 different coaches who lasted at least a season coaching the team.
The only coaches with lower winning percentages in at least one season are Chuck Fairbanks, who posted a .212 winning percentage from 1979-81, and Bud Davis, who was .200 in 1962.